Tomorrow the Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a special meeting to question Dr. Christina Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Dr. Ford has alleged that, while in high school some three decades ago, she was sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh. Those whom she has recalled being present at the time of the alleged assault do not themselves recall being there. There is no corroborative witnesses; there is no corroborative evidence. To date Dr. Ford has not been placed under oath to share here story; that being placed under oath is to occur tomorrow. I am grateful that Dr. Ford will have this opportunity, as will Judge Kavanaugh.
But here is where my anger kicks in, friends. Why is the burden of proof being placed upon Judge Kavanaugh to show his innocence? Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said, "We have a constitutional duty to get to the bottom of these allegations. They are serious and credible. And now, the person with the most knowledge about them, namely, Judge Brett Karanaugh, has a responsibility to come forward with evidence to rebut them." Really! You have to be kidding! This is not the way our judicial system has worked so well these many years. In American jurisprudence, a person is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. I have watched enough Perry Mason and Matlock shows to know that a client always enters a plea of "not guilty." That is his/her constitutional privilege. The burden of proof rests upon the prosecutor with the presentation of evidence to support the accusation, and only then, does the burden of proof rest upon the defense team to refute that evidence and to enter additional evidence in support of the accused.
Yet, even with the complete lack of any evidence to support her allegations, the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have fully believed her story. The mainstream media members have trumpeted her story as if it was the only story worth knowing. And, if polls are to be believed, a growing number of Americans have believed the mainstream media reports and believed Dr. Ford rather than Judge Kavanaugh. The clamor is for the FBI to investigate these allegations. But what is the FBI to investigate? No criminal complaint was ever filed by Dr. Ford after the alleged assault. No threats were ever lodged against Dr. Ford by Judge Kavanaugh over the years. There is no evidence to even warrant an investigation. The reason for the continued clamoring for an FBI investigation is simply to delay the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh to a seat on the United States Supreme Court.
What adds to my anger of what is happening is that those who want an FBI investigation are those who have already said they fully believe Dr. Ford's story and have been on public record as opposing Judge Kavanaugh's nomination since it occurred in July. It would make no difference to them to have an investigation by the FBI and to have as its final report that Judge Kavanaugh was never involved in this alleged incident; they would not change their vote. Yes, they have the right to vote no. That right is accorded to them under the Constitution of the United States. But, those who desire to vote yes also have a constitutional right to do so. Right now, that right is being impeded.
I have not heard Senator Feinstein request those 65 women, who have worked alongside of Judge Kavanaugh and have known him these many years, to come and testify. Sixty-five women - that is a significant number who have knowledge of the character and conduct of Judge Kavanaugh. But, does their testimony count for anything? Of course not because those women's stories do not agree with the outcome Senator Feinstein and her allies desire: the derailing of this nomination. Friends, if you are going to request testimonial evidence - which, right now, in this case, is basically hearsay evidence as there is a lack of physical evidence - then seek the complete testimonial evidence. Yes, invite Dr. Ford and those one or two others who have allegedly come forward with accusations. But also invite as many of those 65 other women to testify as are able to come and do so. That is the American way of jurisprudence. But sadly it seems to be lacking in this case.
Ultimately, friends, this is a Constitutional matter. On Monday night, Tucker Carlson, a Fox Channel news host, shared a monologue which appeared in written form on Tuesday. This monologue can be found at: www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/09/25/tucker-carlson-kavanaugh-chaos-if-youre=republican-may-be-wondering-why-should-bother-to-vote. This is an article that every American needs to read. It is alarming! Allow me to share five brief sentences from Mr. Tucker's monologue: "If the Bill of Rights doesn't apply to Brett Kavanaugh, it probably doesn't apply to you, either. ... It's not just Kavanaugh under assault. Elected officials have announced they no longer believe in our Western understanding of justice. There's no precedent for that. It's stunning."
Last week, Thomas Gallatin wrote an editorial that was published by the Patriot Post. It is found at: www.patriotpost.us/articles/58294-democrats-assault-the-constitution-over-kavanaugh. This is another highly recommended article to be read. Mr. Gallatin writes: "Democrats' calls to immediately halt the confirmation vote on Kavanaugh in order to investigate this allegation undermine the very spirit of the Constitution and the American judicial system. The foundational concept of 'innocent until proven guilty' is what has made the U.S. justice system the envy of the world. Democrats are pushing the dangerously flaws concept of assuming guilt based solely on the seriousness of the accusation and then demanding that the accused prove his innocence. Make no mistake, this is an assault on the Constitution - and today is, ironically, Constitution Day."
So, what can we do as Christians? It is time that we join hands in praying for that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing tomorrow. To pray for Senator Grassley as he chairs that committee. For Judge Kavanaugh and his family as they endure another day of accusations. For Judge Kavanaugh to be open and transparent with the committee members. And that a decision will be reached, not based upon a political mindset, but upon the truth that is revealed. I invite you to join with me in prayer tomorrow morning as these hearings begin. God is still in control. And I know His purposes will be accomplished. Thanks for praying.